Speaker Jayasuriya asks Saudis for more skilled and professional job opportunities for Lankans



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A delegation led by Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, President of the Shura Council of Saudi Arabia visiting Parliament on Monday (9). The visiting delegation was received by Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Parliamentarians Rauf Hakeem, A.H.M Fowzie and Mujibur Rahman and Secretary General of Parliament Dammika Dasanayake


The Speaker Karu Jayasuriya requested more employment opportunities in skilled and professional categories from Saudi Arabia while extending sincere appreciation to that Government for providing employment opportunities for those Sri Lankans.


Speaker highlighted that Saudi Arabia made a tremendous contribution for improve living standards of the migrant workers families in Sri Lanka, while contributing to progress and development of the Kingdom. He noted that at present 136,000 migrant workers were living and working in Saudi Arabia. That was a significant decrease in the number of Sri Lanka migrant workers in the Kingdom by almost 60,000 since 2016.


He said this at the bilateral discussions held with the Parliamentary delegation led by Dr. Abdullah Bin Mohammed Bin Ibrahim Al-Sheikh, President of the Shura Council of Saudi Arabia on Monday (9) in Parliament. The visiting delegation was received by Speaker Jayasuriya, Parliamentarians Rauf Hakeem, A.H.M Fowzie and Mujibur Rahman and Secretary General of Parliament Dammika Dasanayake. They were hosted for tea and bi – lateral discussion by the Speaker.


The speaker also conveyed Sri Lanka’s appreciation for the very progressive steps introduced by Saudi Arabia through Musaned System to solve labour related matters. Those steps were much innovative compared to the systems in place in other countries in the region. They had immensely helped the Sri Lankan workers mainly in the domestic and non-skilled categories, Jayasuriya observed.


He also recalled longstanding friendly relations between Sri Lanka and Saudi Arabia. The friendship had been growing into a stronger partnership since the establishment of formal diplomatic relations in 1974. This year marked 45 years of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.


When the Speaker mentioned the terror attacks on the Easter Sunday had shocked the country but was now coming back to normalcy with steady speed of resilience and appreciated the support extended by the Saudi Arabian authorities to arrest and repatriate some of the most wanted people connected to those attacks the Speaker of Saudi Arabia said that they were willing to work closely with Sri Lanka to eradicate terrorism.


The Saudi Arabian Speaker also said that they were also keen to establish Government to Government linkages to promote investments from Saudi Arabia when Jayasuriya pointed out that there was hardly any investment from Saudi Arabia since 2005. He invited investors from Saudi Arabia to invest in Sri Lanka.


The Speaker also emphasized that the Sri Lanka Government had brought to the notice of Saudi authorities the differences of the causes of deaths indicated in Saudi post-mortem reports and Sri Lankan post-mortem reports, and those had not been addressed positively by the Saudi Authorities. He pointed out that it was important to establish mechanism in obtaining compensation in a short time period as there was a considerable delay in receiving a cheque for End Services Benefit, handed over by the sponsor to the Saudi Labour Department.


They also discussed that Sri Lanka’s trade with Saudi Arabia had been significant over the past thirteen years. Saudi Arabia is in Sri Lankan import market standing as 23rd import partner while Sri Lanka is ranked as 82nd import partner in Saudi Arabian import basket. Total trade stood at USD327.77 million in 2018. Tea, food items, apparel, coconut products, spices, rubber products, cut flowers are among the main export commodities from Sri Lanka to the Kingdom.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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